John Sandford: Eyes of Prey

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Mmits the murders The brains behind the two man serial killing operation is an incredibly handsome and sociopathic doctor named Bekker He doles out the orders and sets up the kills while he is away Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows ensuring that he always has air tight alibisDavenport knows the doctor is dirty and he knows that there is a second killer but he doesn t have anyvidence upon which to build a caseSandford does some interesting things in this book First having two serial killers is interesting logistically In The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) everything I have read two serial killers working together isxtremely rare but not completely unheard of I like how Sandford sets up the relationship between the two killers with one being the alpha dog and the other simply following ordersSecond the dynamics between Davenport and Bekker They meet in several key scenes throughout the book and what s interesting is how much they seem to have in common It s telling that initially Bekker actually likes Davenport In Davenport he seems to find a kindred spirit What that potentially says about Davenport is Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, extremely disturbingI m glad that I decided to give Sandford another chance I still don t necessarily like Davenport as a character but he is certainly growing on me and Sandford clearly gives him room to mature There are roughly 20 books in this series and based on its popularity I m guessing many other readers have taken an interest in Davenport smotional and spiritual growth This is the third book in John Sandford s long running series featuring Lucas Davenport and it features probably the most vile and complex villain of the A Fairly Honourable Defeat entire series Actually there are two major bad guys One is much intelligent and much scarier than the other and not surprisingly he is the one pulling the strings in a series of murders inspired by the old Alfred Hitchcock film Strangers on a TrainThe mastermind s plan goes awry right from the start and the bad guys are left scrambling to clean up the mess and stay one step ahead of the cops That will not beasy because Lucas Davenport is hard on their trail and he s getting really pissedThis is probably the most gruesome book in the series and Davenport is at his darkest and most violent here He s working out of a major depression that has virtually paralyzed him and acting out as a rogue cop ala Dirty Harry without ven a twinge of conscienceAs always Sandford puts the reader right in the middle of the action The writing is crisp the plot is fast paced and the action is non stop And ven in a book this grim there is a fair amount of the humor that characterizes the seriesIt s hard to imagine that there could possibly be a fan of crime fiction who has not sampled this series yet but if that person should Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue exist he or she should probably not begin with this book because while it is a very good read it s not really representative of the series as a whole Some readers who might otherwisenjoy the series might be put off by the violence that permeates this particular book As always but specially in this case the best place to begin would be at the beginning with the first book Rules Of Prey You won t be disappointed Sandford offers up a double header with not just one but two psychopathic killers the Beauty and the Beast Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is vulnerable in this third offering of the highly successful series The plot Lers One hideously scarred The other strikingly handsome a master manipulator fascinated with all aspects of death

This might be the best one yet I thought it was good all the way through although the bad guy was a little too weird but Lucas was very well done He s not a complete Iron Man but the way depression is handled described is perfect And then there is the very nd Wow I did not see that coming Usually I have a clue there were several but I missed them since it wasn t the major thread It was handled just beautifully I can t gush Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) enough I was just stunned still am MasterfulI m really glad I waited until I could read these books in order There is so much history in the characters I thinkach would stand well Gone (Gone, enough alone but certainly wouldn t pack the same punchOn to the next When last I met Lucas Davenport the hero detective of John Sanford s long running and continually bestselling series I ll be honest I hated him In Silent Prey the book prior to Eyes of Prey the third in the series Davenport was cheating on his girlfriend who had just given birth to his daughter The woman he was having an affair with was married and despite her attempts tond the affair Davenport kept pushing her into it He was a narcissistic and borderline sociopathic asshole with a badge and a sex addiction problem I hated him so much as a character that I almost gave up on the series Indeed I almost didn t want to finish the bookSomething compelled me to read further though It may have been my slightly obsessive compulsive need to finish a book I started regardless of how bad or infuriating the book is or it may have been the need to see closure to the mystery Say what you will about Davenport Sandford writes a pretty fucking intense thriller In any case I m glad I finished itIt began to dawn on me near the Threads Of The Shroud end that Sandford wasn t condoning Davenport s behavior at all He was attempting to paint Davenport as the incredibly flawed fucked up and unlikable police detective that we didn t get from the first book He was creating depth He was illustrating the fact that cops may not all be bastions of moral fortitude indeed some of them are complete assholes see Ferguson Cleveland LA New Yorktc but they nonetheless do a thankless job and their moral flaws don t necessarily interfere with their success in stopping criminals In some cases their moral flaws are the hard to define All Seated on the Ground edge that makes themxceptional cops I know it s fucked up Eyes of Prey begins to give Davenport some of his due comeuppance At the onset Davenport is suffering from clinical depression brought on by the fact that his girlfriend Jennifer left him and took his daughter with her He gets rare visitation rights and Jennifer wants to take those away as well He is beginning to realize that his history of philandering is a serious problem Of course thanks to the depression he hasn t had much desire to screw around so he s been going the celibate routeHe refuses psychiatric treatment however preferring instead to deal with his depression the old fashioned way completely unhealthy violence and acts of police brutality It s actually his recent spate of violent Untitled. episodes with criminals that has gotten him in hot water with Internal AffairsAll of this is simply background to the real meat of the story a serial killer who violently gouges out theyes of the victim The twist There are two serial killers in this one One is an antisocial actor named Druze He co. Lieutenant Davenport's sanity was nearly shattered by two murder investigations Now he faces something worse Two kil.

S darker than his previous two novels but it is also cohesive Warning the murders are described uite graphically definitely not suitable for the sueamishThe Lieutenant delivers his own justice ntirely too often and too violently in this thriller written nearly thirty years ago As a result it seems dated The nation has become much aware of police brutality resulting in death or severe injury and prefers to have the criminal justice system play out in seeking justice It will be interesting to see how Sandford s Lucas character develops in future offerings Recommend Most mental health professionals would probably tell you that a clinical depression needs to be treated with a combination of drugs and therapy but Lucas Davenport found his own method of pulling himself out of a funk by beating the snot out of a pimp and then trying to track down a pair of wacko serial killers I guess it s cheaper than ProzacAn insane pathologist Michael Bekker has teamed up with a deformed stage actor named Carlo Druze to pull a Hitchcock style Strangers On A Train arrangement in which Druze will kill Bekker s wife in xchange for Bekker murdering a theater manager that is about to fire Druze Their plan goes off the rails when the lover of Bekker s wife walks in on Druze after he just finished killing her The lover Against All Odds escapes and calls the police but refuses to identify himself or come in as a witness Meanwhile Davenport has been fighting off suicidal thoughts and trying to pull himself out of a deep dark mental hole Bekker is such a weird and creepy person that almostveryone who knows him assumes he killed his wife or hired it done but his alibi is airtight The complicated case gets Davenport interested in something for the first time in months and he throws himself into the investigation while trying to find the witness who could identify DruzeThe beginning of this one makes it seem as if Sandford was using the burned out cop clich but what makes it interesting is the twist that he puts on it It isn t police work that has sent Lucas spiraling down it s a brutal and gruesome case that perks him back up Like Sherlock Holmes Lucas lives for interesting problems and his mind turns on him when he doesn t have some puzzle to think about As usual in the Prey series there s some genuinely freaky bad guys and Davenport Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage engages in all kinds of shady maneuvers as he tries to push them into a mistakeThe only problem with this one is that the Bekker character is a bit too much He s fascinating as a monster obsessed with death that literally breaks into a jig sometimes but it s kinda hard to believe that a guy who is that goddamn crazy can make the coldly logical moves that Bekker comes up with to throw the cops off their trail Sandford is great at creating villains who are chilling sociopaths but he generally also gives them motives like greed revenge or jealousy to go along with their insanity Bekker starts out like that but degenerates into this cartoonish version of a serial killer who is hooked on prescription drugs and has doneverything from killing children in a cancer ward to torturing a paralyzed woman for his research into death Still it s another great thriller from Sandford with some genuinely surprising twists that changed the course of the The DOS entire seriesNext Lucas takes a trip to New York in Silent Prey. He dark mirror of Davenport's soul This is the case that will bring Davenport back to life Or push him over thedge.

John CampJohn Sandford was born John Roswell Camp on February 23 1944 in Cedar Rapids Iowa He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids graduating from Washington High School in 1962 He then spent four years at the University of Iowa graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966 In 1966 he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids a fellow student at the University of Iowa He was in the US Army from 1966 68 worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968 1970 and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970 1971 where he received a master's degree in journalism He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971 78 and then a reporter for the St Paul Pioneer Press from 1978 1990; in 1980 he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels He's also the author of two non fiction books one on plastic surgery and one on art He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel with a website at